Sand Surf the desert slopes in this amazing picturesque oasis town.
sand gets you dirty
Happy relaxation in paradise
Huacachina is made for adventure junkies. The waves of sand last year round providing an endless season for sandboarding and buggying that will give you an awesome rush. There are plenty of operators in town, but we used the one based at our hostel - El Huachinero (see website below). Costs depend on group numbers. You can pay for just the buggy...more
Late afternoon in the dunes offers an amazing view as the sun sets across the sand dune desert that surround the small town of Huacachina. You should not miss the display of the colours as the sky changes across the sea of sand as it is absolutely beautiful. Best way to see this is to arrange it in a buggy ride tour of the dunes. Action, adventure...more
The charm and uniqueness of Huacachina make it one of my favorite destinations in Perú. Taking a bus from Lima (about 4-5 hours) can prove to be as interesting as it is inexpensive. The Pacific Ocean is visible from the bus for the majority of the ride, as are small towns and farms. Round trip tickets cost about $15-$35 depending on your...more
The place was incredible, dunes are spectacular and i wanna be a pro sandboarder, too bad I stink at it. Rent a board by the hour and practice the small hills (and it is hard climbing them) so when you go out on your dune buggy tour, you have practiced for the humongous ones. They are big, and if you can stay up, you go fast. Plus on the tour, its...more
After a few drinks, I climbed the dune behind our hostal (casa de arena).It was hard getting on the top, but it had a really good view of Ica by night.Some dogs followed us. they were nice.It's also really good fun to run down the dune. There is a possibility that you fall though.more
At our hostel (casa de arena) they organised buggy trips; We decided to join one.This was one of the highlights of the trip. It's completely nuts, our driver drove like a madman. At some points we stopped to do some sandboarding.A few words of advise:1. Wear your seatbelt, two people of our trip didn't. After 10 minutes they banged their head...more
If you are not interested in sandboarding or ride trough the sand-dunes, you should at least think on walking on the desert.This is a very chill out activity that allow you to get anyway amazing views, altough i have to admist that I strongly raccomend you to drop in a dune boogie and ride up and down!!!more
What is really a must is to do a sandboarding on the desert dunes!We hire a dune buggie and we jump on the dunes...we were in total 5 people plus the driver that was absolutely a funny crazy peruvian guy!It costs us 6USD each, but the guy took us 8 hours along the desert, up and down, up and down, and sometimes, some dunes were really very hight...more
This restaurant had a realy relaxed atmosphere, great view, and people there were friendly. The food was excellent and I ate there almost every meal after having a bad experience at the rest. below by the lake. The Lomo Saltado is different from others its just got a special spice or something that makes it mouth-wateringmore
This was the first place in Peru where I eat an entire meal and did not get sick. The menu was perfect for my friend and me. She is a vegetarian and I am a picky eater. We ate here twice and had the best meals of our trip.The bamboo house describes its self. It is a beautiful little house across the street from the water and sitting on the foot of...more
On the north side of the lagoon this restaurant's only sign (that I ever saw anyway) just says "Internet Cafe". If Hotel Massone is behind you as you look at the oasis then it will be on your right side a little less than half way down that side. The food was pretty good and with the price of a dinner - soup, entree and drink (pisco sour, beer,...more
Huacachina lies a few minutes from Ica. The best thing will be to get a bus to Ica and from there take a taxi to Huacachina. The bus ride costs about $1 USD per hour driven. The taxi costs a dollar or so.
I had the privilege to meet the Desert Man of Ica, Roberto Penny Cabrera (from here on known as Desert Man). The Desert Man is a geologist and miner by profession, but an eologist by heart (eology is the branch of geology which deals with erosion). A Dutch gal I had met at the same hostel had taken a desert trip with him and she introduce me to him. Let me tell you, the Desert Man acts, lives, and breathes just like Steve Irwin, the Crocodile Hunter on the Discovery Channel, however, he acts this way explaining and teaching you about his passion in life, the Desert of Ocucaje, which can be accessed 30 kilometers south of Huacachina (50 kilometers inland from the Pacific coast). Most precisely, as I will find out later, his true passion is shark-teeth hunting in this desert. Check out my Ocucaje page in Peru for more info on this adventure!
If you go to Huacachina definetly do the dune buggy tour. Several hostels offer them and they are all about the same. Expect to pay around $10 for a two hour tour. A little bit expensive but worth every sole of it if you are an adrendaline junky. In your two hours you tear through a picturesque desert in dune buggy with several stops for pictures...more
Huacachina is surrounded by beautiful sand dunes. They look great from afar. Yet, when you climb them you will find rubbish spoiling their beauty.In particular visitors seem to be throwing empty drink cans and the little plastic bags containing the wax for their sandboards wherever they happen to be. Be responsible, put your rubbish in the bin back...more
If you wish to take a ride in the desert, up and down his uncountable dunes, simply walk troguh the small village of Huacachina, you will be stopped a lot of times from some guys asking you if you are seeking for such experience. Usually all the excursions starts from the Hostel in the middle of the little city...Just walk there...more
It seems that it was pretty hot at the time we took the picture, isn’t it?! Yes, it is true...But you gotta consider that after the sunset it starts to get cold, and it got tremendously cold within half an hour, and i guess you will not feel confortable with only a t-short...So, simply bring a pullover if you are about to go in the desert for few...more